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Wolf Totem
(2015)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford
Steven Baker

Co-Produced by:
Simon Franglen
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Milan Records
(European)
(March 24th, 2015)

Milan Records
(American)
(September 11th, 2015)
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The score was originally only available as a commercial download release in America and a CD through European distribution. Later in 2015, the CD was redistributed with different art in America.
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Buy it... if you have always wondered what Dances With Wolves would have sounded like with a James Horner score, this epic and melodic work very much an equivalent to the classic John Barry work in Horner's own musical voice.

Avoid it... if you expect Horner to provide any single ingredient that you have not heard before in his career, a reality that makes this score yet another "name the reference" quiz for this enthusiasts and detractors.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,465
WRITTEN 6/8/15, REVISED 7/3/17
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Wolf Totem (Le Dernier Loup): (James Horner) As difficult as it was to film Mongolian wolves and gazelles in action during the production of the Jean-Jacques Annaud film Wolf Totem, solving the political issues involving the Chinese government that threatened to make this project impossible was an even greater challenge. Despite omnipresent Chinese censors and lingering displeasure with Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet from 1997, a pact was signed between the French and Chinese governments to allow a series of films to be produced in collaboration, and this 2015 story was the first of that lot. Countless years in the making, Wolf Totem required the crew to travel to the Inner Mongolia region of China to film in a raw environment with numerous rare animals, and the resulting picture was a financial hit in its home country. Much intrigue has been made about the plot, which takes place in 1969 and follows an instructor sent to teach shepherds in the region but who ultimately comes to study and attempt to save the wolves (the government, understandably, is the antagonist which seeks to eradicate the animals), but for all its statements about government control, Wolf Totem is essentially a relative softy in the "people love animals" genre. The fantastic vistas of the region were perfect for an expansive orchestral score, one perhaps destined for John Barry's sound circa 1988. Annaud has worked with countless composers through the years, but he collaborated with James Horner for The Name of the Rose and Enemy at the Gates and returns to the veteran here. Horner, of course, has found himself at odds with Hollywood in the 2010's, his style of music not considered by some studios and filmmakers as viable in this era (a notion that The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 should completely dispel for those paying attention). Nevertheless, his musical capabilities and sensibilities have not been diluted over that time, and Wolf Totem wipes away any worries that the composer's collectors may have about his relevance after awkward departures from Romeo & Juliet and Enders Game in the preceding years. For Horner, this assignment was a grand opportunity to return to the concept of "expansive" film scoring, allowing broad strokes of melody from a large ensemble to convey not only scope and grandeur, but the intimacy of a heart-warming story. While the result may not be as heavily orchestrated as something like Legends of the Fall, it is still a vintage Horner entry in this sub-genre that is undeniably attractive in a swoon of nostalgia.



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TRACK LISTINGS
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 58:57
• 1. Leaving for the Country (2:17)
• 2. Wolves Stalking Gazelles (4:19)
• 3. An Offering to Tengger/Chen Saves the Last Wolf Pup (9:22)
• 4. Wolves Attack the Horses (4:49)
• 5. A Red Ribbon (3:20)
• 6. The Frozen Lake (4:42)
• 7. Discovering Hidden Dangers (2:46)
• 8. Little Wolf (3:27)
• 9. Scaling the Walls (4:07)
• 10. Suicide Pact (2:17)
• 11. Hunting the Wolves (6:04)
• 12. Death of A'ba (1:35)
• 13. Return to the Wild (9:52)

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The insert includes a picture of the composer and director, as well as a note from the latter in French on the European pressing.
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